Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Spark, a Flame, A Lit Menorah

A Strategy for Reaching Ephraim in the Nations

There is a cliché floating around these days that really is quite true. The saying goes like this: If you continue to do the same thing over and over expecting different results equals the definition of insanity. I would like to appeal to my brothers and sisters who believe in Yisrael's restoration that we have been about insanity for way too long. What do I mean by that? It has been upon all of our hearts to reach out to our brother Ephraim. We know that a great number are in Christendom. We have tried many methods to reach them. Including some very harsh methods which amount to pointing out their pagan ways. So how successful have we been with that approach? I suspect if we were honest, many have been turned away. And some of us may have never reached a single individual with the revelation of the restoration of Yisrael.

The Jewish sages always speak about igniting a spark within the Jewish soul. Is there a spark that can be ignited within Ephraim? Is there an Yisraelite spark? The menorah is the great symbol of national Yisrael. Abba was speaking to me in my sleep on the morning of April 24, 2014. In my dream he reminded me of a banner my wife and I received as a gift at the Messianic Israel Alliance conference in St. Louis, Missouri in August 2008. While marching through the arch as a symbol of Ephraim trembling from the West, a Mexican lady gave us a banner as a gift. She said, “I don't know why, I don't know why. I prophesy.” The banner looks very similar to the modern flag of Yisrael except with a golden menorah in the center, the symbol of national Yisrael (all 12 tribes reunited). We knew there was a very important message in that banner that Abba was to reveal. In my dream, Abba began to speak forth over and over saying this, “A spark, a flame, a lit menorah. A spark, a flame, a lit menorah.”

The next phase of the dream I was transported to the time Yoseph revealed himself to his brothers. Abba prompted me to ask a question. Why didn't Yoseph reveal himself immediately to his brothers? Why did he make this a long drawn out affair? Soon Abba began to unfold the answer. This was prophetic of the delay of several millennium passing by before the Yisraelite spark would emerge in His people Ephraim. But, when the spark begins it yields to a flame. Then, finally grieving because of the separation from one's family which is the lit menorah of national restoration.

We need to change our strategy when engaging Ephraim. We need to look for the spark in the Yisraelite soul of Zionist Christians which will lead to a flame and then a lit menorah of national restoration. The unveiling of Ephraim's prophetic destiny is unfolding. I believe it is unprofitable to call Ephraim in Christendom to account for not keeping feasts days, shabbat, etc. Instead we must engage the Yisraelite spark within each of them. Meanwhile, we must remember the response will still be a remnant. Abba will do all the work in their hearts when they realize the sting of their separation from their beloved older brother. Shabbat, festivals, etc. will be ignited since the menorah of national restoration has been lit.

I would also like to address Yisraelites that insist on using certain words because of alleged pagan origins. Instead of being critical of them, I now see that they are unaware of the Yisraelite spark within them which has lead to a flame and a lit menorah of national restoration. A hidden desire has arisen in them to speak their mother tongue of Hebrew. Perhaps, we can engage these brothers positively. We can show them the understanding of the lit menorah aglow in their lives. Maybe they would then be open to the strategy of a spark, a flame, and a lit menorah of national restoration.

The behavior listed previously is really one of the birth pangs of national restoration. Revived souls are returning to everything that is about national restoration. Longing to be a people, possess a land, and use Hebrew words are all the signs of a coming great reunion! May it be so in our days!

Shalom shalom,
Tzefanyah Pappas
Chazak Chazak v’nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us
strengthen (encourage) one another!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Day of YHWH: A Time of Clouds and Thick Darkness



The great day of YHWH is near. It is near, and hurries greatly, the voice of the day of YHWH. The mighty man cries there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, 16 a day of the trumpet and alarm, against the fortified cities, and against the high battlements. (emphases added)
Tzefanyah/Zephaniah 1:14-16


Shalom Kol Yisrael,

I write this with a heavy heart. A few weeks ago there were several nights that I was unable to sleep. Since then, I have been thinking seriously of the coming days ahead. Great judgments will fall as quoted from the book of Tzefanyah above. These verses have been going over and over in my mind. Notice what this darkness is against in the verses above. They are against fortified cities, and against high battlements. Let us investigate some key Hebrew words and take a closer look. The Hebrew words for fortified cities which in transliterated form are hey areem ha betzoorōt and ha pinōt ha gevōhōt which mean the walled or fenced cities and the arrogant or exceedingly proud heads or chieftains. Could this mean the arrogant heads of the religious institutions of men? Do we have a second witness in Scripture of this interpretation?

Ezekiel 34 speaks about a coming judgment against the shepherds. When will this happen? Let's look at verse 12, “As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered abroad, so will I seek out my sheep; and I will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day (emphases added).”

Previously in verses 10 and 11 YHWH speaks judgment against these leaders of religious institutions, “Thus says the Master YHWH: Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my sheep at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the sheep; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; and I will deliver my sheep from their mouth, that they may not be food for them. 11 For thus says the Master YHWH: Behold, I myself, even I, will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. (emphases added)”

We hear of ministries today speaking of revival. I believe that they are giving Abba's sheep a false hope. These very same shepherds who are giving false hope may be the very recipients of the coming judgment. It is interesting to note that these shepherds are feeding off the sheep as food! This sounds like the falling of Babylon. Could the fall of Babylon be a literal collapse of the religious institutions of men? Is there a connection in Scripture? And is this collapse related to the coming restoration of the whole house of Yisrael both Yehudah and Ephrayim?

The first 3 verses of Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah speak of a coming desolation on Babylon with her images disappointed and her idols dismayed. A nation comes from the north destroying Babylon so that no one shall dwell in Babylon again. The following 3 verses are very interesting.

Yirmeyahu 50:4 In those days, and in that time, says YHWH, the children of Yisrael shall come, they and the children of Yehudah together; they shall go on their way weeping, and shall seek YHWH their Elohim. 5 They shall inquire concerning Tzion with their faces turned toward it, saying, Come, and join yourselves to YHWH in an everlasting covenant that shall not be forgotten. 6 My people have been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray; they have turned them away on the mountains; they have gone from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place. (emphases added)

In other words, the religious institutions of men have been standing in the way from allowing YHWH's sheep to know and understand that their resting place is no other pasture other than Yisrael/Tzion. Since we are tying all of this together we need to look at the next 3 verses in Yirmeyahu 50.

Yirmeyahu 50:7 All who found them have devoured them; and their adversaries said, We are not guilty, because they have sinned against YHWH, the habitation of righteousness, even YHWH, the hope of their fathers. 8 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the male goats before the flocks. 9 For, behold, I will stir up and cause to come up against Babylon a company of great nations from the north country; and they shall set themselves in array against her; from there she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of an expert mighty man; no one shall return in vain. (emphases added)

If you don't flee from Babylon, you will be consumed and even your adversaries will admit you have sinned against YHWH for not fleeing.

Verses 10 thru 18 speaks further about YHWH's vengeance against Babylon and the King of Babylon and her resulting desolation. Verses 19 thru 20 give further insight...

Yirmeyahu 50:19 I will bring Yisrael again to his pasture, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and in Gilead. 20 In those days, and in that time, says YHWH, the iniquity of Yisrael shall be sought for, and there shall be no one; and the sins of Yehudah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I leave as a remnant. (emphases added)


We continue to read of further judgments against Babylon and then in verses 31-32, we see a connection to Tzefanyah 1:16 in regard to the Hebrew understanding of high battlements (ie arrogant or proud chieftains or heads).

Yirmeyahu 50:31 Behold, I am against you, you proud one, says the Master, YHWH of Armies; for your day has come, the time that I will visit you. 32 The proud one shall stumble and fall, and no one shall raise him up; and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all who are around him. (emphases added)


More of YHWH's Anger Against the Shepherds

Zecharyah/Zechariah 10:2 For the teraphim/family idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie; and they have told false dreams. They comfort in vain. Therefore they go their way like sheep. They are oppressed, because there is no shepherd. 3 My anger is kindled against the shepherds, and I will punish the male goats; For YHWH of Armies has visited his flock, the house of Yehudah/Judah, and will make them as his majestic horse in the battle.. (emphases added)

Do you have a problem with brother Yehudah? Get over it. He will be a majestic horse in battle and will be YHWH's instrument of judgment against nations and peoples who have been opposing His people Yisrael. Many shepherds today have responded more like sheep following after the flock instead of leading the sheep to safe pasture (the commandments).

Zecharyah 10:4 From Him will come the cornerstone, from Him the nail, from Him the battle bow, from Him every ruler together. 5 They shall be as mighty men, treading down muddy streets in the battle; and they shall fight, because YHWH is with them; and the riders on horses will be confounded. 6 “I will strengthen the house of Yehudah, and I will save the house of Yoseph, and I will bring them back; for I have mercy on them; and they will be as though I had not cast them off: for I am YHWH their Elohim (God), and I will hear them. (emphases added)

There are no theories in His word. Abba will bring His people back into the land of their inheritance. Two houses will become one. The pharaohs will be judged and Yah will assemble His people in a latter day reunion.

Zecharyah 10:7 Ephraim will be like a mighty man, and their heart will rejoice as through wine; yes, their children will see it, and rejoice. Their heart will be glad in YHWH. 8 I will signal for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them; and they will increase as they have increased. 9 I will sow them among the peoples; and they will remember me in far countries; and they will live with their children, and will return. 10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and there won’t be room enough for them. 11 He will pass through the sea of affliction, and will strike the waves in the sea, and all the depths of the Nile will dry up; and the pride of Assyria will be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt will depart. 12 I will strengthen them in YHWH; and they will walk up and down in his name,” says YHWH. (emphases added)

Have we seen Lebanon and Gilead (land East of the Jordan River) filled with people from far off countries? Shall this be done in our day? Is this second exodus not far away? May it be done, O Yah, in our day and may we see your people return.

Conclusion

To those of you who may be reading this paper and are new to this walk, do not be disappointed, but very few will walk this path. You may try every strategy to get them to see this truth, but few will find it. Why would I make that statement? Well, for 2 reasons: I have observed this personally and also the Scriptures make it quite clear.

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 3:11 YHWH said to me, “Backsliding Yisrael has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, ‘Return, you backsliding Yisrael,’ says YHWH; ‘I will not look in anger on you; for I am merciful,’ says YHWH. ‘I will not keep anger forever. 13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against YHWH your Elohim, and have scattered your ways to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice,’ says YHWH.” 14 “Return, backsliding children,” says YHWH; “for I am a husband to you. I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 I will give you shepherds according to my heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 It shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land, in those days,” says YHWH, “they shall say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of YHWH!’ neither shall it come to mind; neither shall they remember it; neither shall they miss it; neither shall it be made any more. (emphases added)

As Scripture states so few will acknowledge their iniquity. Only one from a city and two of a family will return to Tzion. It is also interesting to note that in Tzion (the Land of Yisrael) there will be shepherds to feed us on knowledge and understanding. In other words, we are all woefully wanting in the diaspora. Also the Land of Yisrael is the only place where we will increase. I will reiterate that as compassionate as your heart may be to bring others into this truth; do not be disappointed for only a remnant will truly repent and return to the ancient paths. When the day of YHWH approaches many will be left wanting. Are you ready for a landscape with clouds and thick darkness?

Love,  
Tzefanyah Pappas
Chazak Chazak v'nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us strengthen (encourage) one another!

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Lethal Weapon of Love: An Examination of Ahava (Heb. For Love)

Y'shua before his crucifixion commanded those who follow in the Master's footsteps to love one another. We are at war with ideas, thoughts, and other demonic influences that take us away from our First Love. Do you have your brother's back? Are you your brother's keeper? Has Abba brought a brother or sister into your life to watch your back so you will not get sidetracked by the enemy? I reiterate, we are on a battlefield, and love/ahava is our lethal weapon against the forces of darkness.


One fruit of the Ruach (Spirit) is love. Have you asked why it is the first one listed? Let me provide an illustration that may provide some revelation.














Something was beginning to be revealed to me at the time I was illustrating this. If you don't see it yet, let's flip the image.














Could this be the Tree of Life? As you can see the Ruach HaKodesh is the roots of this tree with ahava as the trunk or stem of the tree. The 8 fruit of the spirit come forth from the connection with ahava while ahava comes from the Ruach. Is it significant that there are 8 fruit coming from ahava? The illustrations show that these qualities should come from one who is born of the Ruach.

A Sound Mind

But, Elohim has not given a spirit of fear, but of power, love/ahava, and a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (emphases added)


                             










So we have built upon our diagram with further Scripture. Is it safe to say that these qualities are part of the fruit of a tree and can be represented as a sound mind? It is not a stretch at all. Abba appears to be giving us further revelation on ahava/love. We can then say that an unloving spirit will produce fruit contrary to this tree. Do we see a lack of self-control, retaliation, unfaithfulness, lack of goodness, anger, impatience, strife, and sadness? We can be sure that this proceeds from someone who did not receive love in some way. If the Ruach Ha Kodesh is the power behind a sound mind, what is the power behind a mind that is not sound? Certainly another kind of spirit from another kingdom. Ha satan as the head along with his henchmen as side kicks are citizens of this kingdom of darkness. If we see these unloving qualities present in ourselves it is important for us to remember that it is not us. This would be true if we recognized them in a brother or sister as well. All of us have merely become a vessel for these henchmen. Somewhere in our past or in our generations, we have entered into agreement with them. The first step to removal is to recognize them.

Ahava a Weapon Against the Real Enemy

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Why is ahava greater than faith and hope? In the tree diagram shown previously we see faith and elements of hope in the branches of the tree. So ahava is all encompassing and is the foundation point where all of the tree's branches emanate from.

And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Kefa (Peter) 4:8

Does not a tree provide shade and covering from the scorching rays of the hot sun? So ahava covers a multitude of sins by producing these fruit of the Ruach. As we abide in this tree sin is covered over as we continually are nourished by its ever producing fruit.

But if what I don’t desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good. 17 So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me. Romans 7:16-17 (emphases added)

The preceding 2 verses are describing a profound dynamic. First, they demonstrate that sin is a being for only a being dwells. Sin is not an abstract word describing a behavior, but a being seeking to manifest its nature through a vessel. The vessel is humanity. The first Adam submitted himself as a vessel of the being called sin (ha satan and his servants) when he partook of the forbidden tree. Humanity had the opportunity to be a vessel manifesting the Father's fruit and conduit of righteousness. Ahava is the lethal weapon against sin and is a kippur or atonement. Let us go back to the beginning of 1 Kefa 4 to gain more insight.

Therefore, since Messiah suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind; for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin; 2 that you no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of Elohim.
1 Kefa 4: 1 (emphases added)

Does this sound like a military term “arm yourselves”? Since good fruit is from the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and from a heavenly Kingdom, we can conclude that rotten or bad fruit is from an unholy spirit and a demonic, evil kingdom. Remember those old war movies where one partner in arms would say to his compatriot, “Cover me,” as he tried to get behind enemy lines? Ahava is the cover in a military sense to get us behind enemy lines. This cover provides the opportunity to cast out enemies from the members of our bodies. With Abba's provision we can take back the vessel that Abba wants to prepare and manifest His presence in. Also from the tree perspective (in our diagram), the other branches are providing the cover to bring forth the manifestation of His presence.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of Elohim; and everyone who loves has been born of Elohim, and knows Elohim. 8 He who doesn’t love doesn’t know Elohim, for Elohim is love. 9 By this Elohim’s love was revealed in us, that Elohim has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved Elohim, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, if Elohim loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen Elohim at any time. If we love one another, Elohim remains in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 1 Yochanon (John) 4-7-12 (emphases added)

So let us ask ourselves, does the love I possess emit the 8 fruit found in our tree previously discussed? Manifestations of fruit represent life and is the evidence that we are born of Elohim. In the above verse, Yochanon is explaining to us a powerful truth! If genuine love is manifested to me from a brother or sister, I have seen Elohim! Here is another way to say this, love/ahava emanating from a brother or sister toward others is the very presence of Elohim.

We know and have believed the love which Elohim has for us. Elohim is love, and he who remains in love remains in Elohim, and Elohim remains in him. 17 In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement, because as he is, even so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 Yochanon 4:16-18 (emphases added)

So building on our diagram we see that Elohim is love. So Elohim is the trunk and roots of the tree. If we remain in Him we will manifest all of the fruit of our tree illustration. And the fear that this passage is referring to, is the fear of standing before the throne on the day of judgment. If we abide in Him we cannot be judged since we are in Elohim who is love. Love covers a multitude of sins. However, if fear has its way in me; love is not perfected and His presence is not perfected in me. What do I mean by perfected? Love perfected is coming to the place in your life where you realize that you must place your confidence in Him and not in yourself.

Closing Thoughts

It has become a common story these days that the family of redeemed Yisrael is arming themselves against one another. The weapons we have chosen are strife and contention. Shall Yisrael, at this time, arm herself with a different weapon? If we climb the higher road there is a much greater weapon to behold. It is a weapon that will vanquish every foe. Will Yisrael this time arm themselves with the lethal weapon of ahava?

Love,


Tzefanyah Pappas
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Chazak Chazak v'nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us
strengthen (encourage) one another!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Ve Emet Le Adonai

Another Look at the Hebrew Word Adonai

Introduction

The following is not meant to be an exhaustive study. However, as the Torah states, “At the mouth of 2 or more witnesses let a truth be established (Deut. 19:15).” You will see that more than 2 witnesses are provided to show that the word Adonai is used in the Hebrew Scriptures.

First are 2 statistics:
אֲדֹנָ֑י (Adonai) - Occurs 439 times by itself in the Hebrew Tanach

אֲדֹנָ֑י יהוה (Adonai YHWH) - Occurs 310 times in the Hebrew Tanach

I have not ventured into the use of “adon” in this paper, which was a term used amongst Semitic peoples as a form of respect. Searching the Hebrew text, one will find many verses containing this word.

First, I am blessed that we are being immersed in the Hebrew language at this time. Needless to say, when reading the Hebrew we were quite surprised at what we found.

I pray that one would not call into question the validity of the Hebrew text. Doing this would merely give the enemy fuel he needs to cast doubt among Yah's sheep who are unaware.

The following Scriptures need to be read in Hebrew. The Sacred Name translators deliberately changed the אֲדֹנָ֑י to יהוה in many instances. These are some of the verses I am supplying as an example, providing plenty of witnesses of translator bias.

I will show you this bias in the “Halleluyah Scriptures” and “The Scriptures” by comparing them to the actual Hebrew text. Since these 2 translations are derived from the Chris Koster 1996 translation of “The Scriptures” differences were not found. After reading this, you will see how important it is to learn and comprehend Hebrew and hold the translators to account.

Reader Note: Where you see the English translation with YHWH in purple and underlined, the corresponding word Adonai appears in the Hebrew text below in red.

Genesis 18:3 and said,יהוה, if I have now found favour in Your eyes, please do not pass Your servant by.

Hebrew Verse 3:
וַיֹּאמַ֑ר אֲדֹנָ֗י אִם־נָ֨א מָצָ֤אתִי חֵן֙ בְּעֵינֶ֔יךָ אַל־נָ֥א תַעֲבֹ֖ר מֵעַ֥ל עַבְדֶּֽךָ׃

Genesis 18:27 And Aḇraham answered and said, “Look, please, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to יהוה, v28 “Suppose there are five less than the fifty righteous, would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?” And He said, “If I find there forty-five, I do not destroy it.” 29 And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there are found forty?” And He said, “I would not do it for the sake of forty.” 30 And he said, “Let not יהוה be displeased, and let me speak: Suppose there are found thirty?” And He said, “I would not do it if I find thirty there.” 31 And he said, “Look, please, I have taken it upon myself to speak to יהוה: Suppose there are found twenty?” And He said, “I would not destroy it for the sake of twenty.” 32 And he said, “Let not יהוה be displeased, and let me speak only this time: Suppose there are found ten?” And He said, “I would not destroy it for the sake of ten.”

Hebrew starting with Verse 27:

וַיַּ֥עַן אַבְרָהָ֖ם וַיֹּאמַ֑ר הִנֵּה־נָ֤א הֹואַ֙לְתִּי֙ לְדַבֵּ֣ר אֶל־אֲדֹנָ֔י וְאָנֹכִ֖י עָפָ֥ר וָאֵֽפֶר׃ 28 א֠וּלַי יַחְסְר֞וּן חֲמִשִּׁ֤ים הַצַּדִּיקִם֙ חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה הֲתַשְׁחִ֥ית בַּחֲמִשָּׁ֖ה אֶת־כָּל־הָעִ֑יר וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ לֹ֣א אַשְׁחִ֔ית אִם־אֶמְצָ֣א שָׁ֔ם אַרְבָּעִ֖ים וַחֲמִשָּֽׁה׃ 29 וַיֹּ֨סֶף עֹ֜וד לְדַבֵּ֤ר אֵלָיו֙ וַיֹּאמַ֔ר אוּלַ֛י יִמָּצְא֥וּן שָׁ֖ם אַרְבָּעִ֑ים וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ לֹ֣א אֶֽעֱשֶׂ֔ה בַּעֲב֖וּר הָאַרְבָּעִֽים׃ 30 וַ֠יֹּאמֶר אַל־נָ֞א יִ֤חַר לַֽאדֹנָי֙ וַאֲדַבֵּ֔רָה אוּלַ֛י יִמָּצְא֥וּן שָׁ֖ם שְׁלֹשִׁ֑ים וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ לֹ֣א אֶֽעֱשֶׂ֔ה אִם־אֶמְצָ֥א שָׁ֖ם שְׁלֹשִֽׁים׃ 31 וַיֹּ֗אמֶר הִנֵּֽה־נָ֤א הֹואַ֙לְתִּי֙ לְדַבֵּ֣ר אֶל־אֲדֹנָ֔י אוּלַ֛י יִמָּצְא֥וּן שָׁ֖ם עֶשְׂרִ֑ים וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ לֹ֣א אַשְׁחִ֔ית בַּעֲב֖וּר הָֽעֶשְׂרִֽים׃ 32 וַ֠יֹּאמֶר אַל־נָ֞א יִ֤חַר לַֽאדֹנָי֙ וַאֲדַבְּרָ֣ה אַךְ־הַפַּ֔עַם אוּלַ֛י יִמָּצְא֥וּן שָׁ֖ם עֲשָׂרָ֑ה וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ לֹ֣א אַשְׁחִ֔ית בַּעֲב֖וּר הָעֲשָׂרָֽה׃


Exodus 4:10 And Mosheh said to יהוה, “O יהוה, I am not a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant, for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

Hebrew Verse 10:
וַיֹּ֨אמֶר מֹשֶׁ֣ה אֶל־יְהוָה֮ בִּ֣י אֲדֹנָי֒ לֹא֩ אִ֨ישׁ דְּבָרִ֜ים אָנֹ֗כִי גַּ֤ם מִתְּמֹול֙ גַּ֣ם מִשִּׁלְשֹׁ֔ם גַּ֛ם מֵאָ֥ז דַּבֶּרְךָ * אֶל־עַבְדֶּ֑ךָ כִּ֧י כְבַד־פֶּ֛ה וּכְבַ֥ד לָשֹׁ֖ון אָנֹֽכִי׃

Exodus 4:13 But he said, “O יהוה, please send by the hand of him whom You would send.”

Hebrew Verse 13:
וַיֹּ֖אמֶר בִּ֣י אֲדֹנָ֑י שְֽׁלַֽח־נָ֖א בְּיַד־תִּשְׁלָֽח׃

Exodus 5:22 And Mosheh returned to יהוה and said,יהוה, why have You done evil to this people? Why did You send me?

Hebrew Verse 22:

וַיָּ֧שָׁב מֹשֶׁ֛ה אֶל־יְהוָ֖ה וַיֹּאמַ֑ר אֲדֹנָ֗י לָמָ֤ה הֲרֵעֹ֙תָה֙ לָעָ֣ם הַזֶּ֔ה לָ֥מָּה זֶּ֖ה שְׁלַחְתָּֽנִי׃

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore יהוה Himself gives you a sign: Look, the maiden conceives and gives birth to a Son, and shall call His Name Immanu’ĕl

Hebrew Verse 14:

לָ֠כֵן יִתֵּ֨ן אֲדֹנָ֥י ה֛וּא לָכֶ֖ם אֹ֑ות הִנֵּ֣ה הָעַלְמָ֗ה הָרָה֙ וְיֹלֶ֣דֶת בֵּ֔ן וְקָרָ֥את שְׁמֹ֖ו עִמָּ֥נוּ אֵֽל׃


Verses with Adonai YHWH together (Master YHWH underlined in purple and Hebrew Adonai YHWH in red below):

Genesis 15:2 And Aḇram said, “Master יהוה, what would You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eli‛ezer of Damascus?”

Hebrew verse 2:

וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אַבְרָ֗ם אֲדֹנָ֤י יֱהוִה֙ מַה־תִּתֶּן־לִ֔י וְאָנֹכִ֖י הֹולֵ֣ךְ עֲרִירִ֑י וּבֶן־מֶ֣שֶׁק בֵּיתִ֔י ה֖וּא דַּמֶּ֥שֶׂק אֱלִיעֶֽזֶר׃

Genesis 15:8 And he said, “Master יהוה, whereby do I know that I possess it?”

Hebrew Verse 8:

וַיֹּאמַ֑ר אֲדֹנָ֣י יֱהוִ֔ה בַּמָּ֥ה אֵדַ֖ע כִּ֥י אִֽירָשֶֽׁנָּה׃

Isaiah 7:7 ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “It is not going to stand, nor shall it take place.

Hebrew Verse 7:

כֹּ֥ה אָמַ֖ר אֲדֹנָ֣י יְהוִ֑ה לֹ֥א תָק֖וּם וְלֹ֥א תִֽהְיֶֽה׃

Deut. 3:24 ‘O Master יהוה, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand, for who is a mighty one in the heavens or on earth who does according to Your works and according to Your might?

Hebrew Verse 24:

אֲדֹנָ֣י יְהוִ֗ה אַתָּ֤ה הַֽחִלֹּ֙ותָ֙ לְהַרְאֹ֣ות אֶֽת־עַבְדְּךָ֔ אֶ֨ת־גָּדְלְךָ֔ וְאֶת־יָדְךָ֖ הַחֲזָקָ֑ה אֲשֶׁ֤ר מִי־אֵל֙ בַּשָּׁמַ֣יִם וּבָאָ֔רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יַעֲשֶׂ֥ה כְמַעֲשֶׂ֖יךָ וְכִגְבוּרֹתֶֽךָ׃


Deut. 9:26 “And I prayed to יהוה, and said, ‘O Master יהוה, do not destroy Your people and Your inheritance whom You have redeemed in Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Mitsrayim with a strong hand.

Hebrew Verse 26:

וָאֶתְפַּלֵּ֣ל אֶל־יְהוָה֮ וָאֹמַר֒ אֲדֹנָ֣י יְהוִ֗ה אַל־תַּשְׁחֵ֤ת עַמְּךָ֙ וְנַחֲלָ֣תְךָ֔ אֲשֶׁ֥ר פָּדִ֖יתָ בְּגָדְלֶ֑ךָ אֲשֶׁר־הֹוצֵ֥אתָ מִמִּצְרַ֖יִם בְּיָ֥ד חֲזָקָֽה׃

Reader Note: Where you see the English translation with YHWH in purple and underlined, the corresponding word Adonai appears in the Hebrew text below in red.

Other verses to look at:

Exodus 15:17 “You bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, in the place, O יהוה, which You have made for Your own dwelling, the set-apart place, O יהוה, which Your hands have prepared. (Part of the song the children of Israel sang after crossing the Sea of Reeds)

Hebrew Verse 17:

תְּבִאֵ֗מֹו וְתִטָּעֵ֙מֹו֙ בְּהַ֣ר נַחֲלָֽתְךָ֔ מָכֹ֧ון לְשִׁבְתְּךָ֛ פָּעַ֖לְתָּ יְהוָ֑ה מִקְּדָ֕שׁ אֲדֹנָ֖י כֹּונְנ֥וּ יָדֶֽיךָ׃

Numbers 14:17 “And now, I pray, let the power of יהוה be great, as You have spoken, saying, .....

Hebrew Verse 17:

וְעַתָּ֕ה יִגְדַּל־נָ֖א כֹּ֣חַ אֲדֹנָ֑י כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר דִּבַּ֖רְתָּ לֵאמֹֽר׃


Conclusion

Moses was the most humble man on the earth in his day.

Now the man Moses was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth. Numbers 12:3

This paper has highlighted many passages where the actual Hebrew text shows Moses referring to YHWH as Adonai. Is there a lesson in this for us?

Why did the translators in Sacred Name Bibles deliberately ignore the Hebrew text?

Hopefully, exposing these truths will put an end to division, criticism, contention, and strife in the Body of Messiah today. Mercy should also be extended to Beit Yehudah. Clearly, the examples I have shown in these Hebrew verses show that the use of Adonai is not pagan or a replacement, but used out of respect for the Set-Apart One of Yisrael. As long as the person using Adonai knows they are addressing Yud Hey Vav Hey, it cannot be construed as idolatrous.

Biblical linguistic experts have demonstrated that the Hebrew language predates all languages. This study is referred to as “Edenics”. Before the tower of Babel, a type of Hebrew was spoken. Pagan cultures prostituted Hebrew words to use them to refer to their elohim. The Greeks called one of their elohim adonis as a prostitution of the Hebrew word adonai. For further research on this topic please refer to www.edenics.org. Isaac Mozeson is the founder of edenics and has done significant research discovering the Hebraic origins of languages.

Shalom,

Tzefanyah Pappas
-- 
Chazak Chazak v'nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us
strengthen (encourage) one another!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Darkness of Jezebel: An Examination of Spiritual Realities Related to Her Whoredoms

20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate your woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and seduces my servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great oppression, unless they repent of her works. 23 I will kill her children with Death, and all the assemblies will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. (Rev. 2:20-23)

If everyone of us were to be totally honest, we would have to confess that we have tolerated Jezebel and allowed her enticements to touch us at some level in our lives both currently or in the past. Because of this, we are vulnerable to her caresses. Her seduction continues to allure those who are not keeping watch as this is an unclean, wicked spirit of a kingdom founded in darkness.

A Dream in The Night
I recently had a dream that was both challenging and disturbing to my spirit. YHWH used this dream to teach and exhort me to keep watch over my house in these evil days ahead. I hope the message of the dream will do the same for you. In the dream, I was working at a place where there were several buildings that looked like houses. It looked like what could be some type of convalescence home. I am trying to describe this in detail because some of you may even discern further spiritual realities related to this dream.  I entered a room in one of the buildings. The room was totally dark, but from the far corner of the room I heard a female voice that was very evil and seductive. While standing in the dark, I felt a kiss upon my lips. Briefly I was under this woman's spell, then a set-apart fear overcame me. Because of reverence for YHWH I was able to shake off her continued advancements and ran with lightening speed out of that place. Next I was in a car with my wife and acknowledged to my shame what happened. I said to her that we must leave this place and go far away from here because Jezebel will tell the community that I love her when I only love you. My wife's response was that I know you love me and to flee is the right decision. The final portion of the dream, I was in a conversation with Abba. He said, “Elijah ran from Jezebel and this was a righteous thing. Joseph ran from Jezebel and this was a righteous thing. Elijah knew his frailty and he was not ready to see her (Jezebel's) destruction, he needed to come away with Me to strengthen himself spiritually for his next confrontation. Joseph knew not to permit himself to be in the clutches of Jezebel.”

A Warning to the Community of Yisrael
Jezebel is in our community. My wife represented Y'shua, my husband, in the dream. Because we have let Jezebel in, she has continued to wreak her destruction upon our community. We have tolerated her. Through her enticements we have eaten of her delicacies which are filled with the worship of human knowledge and reason. We should all be in a state of repentance. Will we flee from her clutches and go to our husband Y'shua? She has now told the community of Yisrael that we love her more than Y'shua. The word is out.

Jezebel Lives in Darkness
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that Elohim is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don’t tell the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Y'shua the Messiah, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. 1 Yochanon (John) 1:5-7

There are a lot of people fighting each other in the community of Yisrael these days. Love is growing cold and fellowship is ceasing. Have we walked into that darkened room where Jezebel is? She dwells only in darkness. Has she enticed us into her darkened chamber and her bed of sickness (the convalescence home in the dream)? Is that why love has grown cold and fellowship is ceasing? My beloved, stay in the Light. Walk in the Light and stay away from the darkened rooms of men that bring you further away from your First Love. It is in the light of Y'shua where fellowship is sweet and love for one another is stronger than death. Beloved, there are no elitist agendas in His Light for we are all fellow partakers of righteousness. We are not in a convalescence home, for sickness has no dominion over us where the cleansing power of Y'shua's blood is. This is our fellowship and this is our call. The epistle above continues into chapter 2, “My little children I write these things to you so that you may not sin.” If you do sin, don't go to a man, but go to your Husband Y'shua the Messiah, your Counselor, and run away with Him from the clutches of sin.

Flee from Jezebel: A Warning for Our Day

The Scriptures give us an understanding how this spirit will be particularly rampant in the last days. If we were to bullet point aspects of Jezebel what would they be?
  • Worshipper of Baal (1 Kings 16:31)
  • Murderer of the prophets of YHWH (1 Kings 18:4)
  • Instrumental in bringing prophets of Baal into the Northern Kingdom of Yisrael (1 Kings 18). The same prophets were confronted by Eliyahu (Elijah) at Mount Carmel.
  • Usurper of YHWH's authority structure (1 Kings 21)
  • Manipulative, controlling, cunning and able to persuade others to do her bidding (1 Kings 21:11)
  • Seductive and persuasive enough to lead YHWH's servants into sexual immorality and the committing of idolatry (Revelations 2:20; author's note: I tend to believe that the eating of food sacrificed to idols means assimilating practices of idolatry into ones life, since medically speaking, the process of eating is assimilation.)
Will ancient Hebrew reveal more about this spirit and why Yehu (Jehu) was given the privilege of commuting YHWH's revenge for the killings of His prophets? Jezebel's name in Hebrew is spelled with the following Hebrew letters, Aleph, Yud, Zayin, Vet, Lamed = Strong Hand that is a Weapon in the House of Authority or House of the Shepherd. In other words, Jezebel operates among the assembly of believers! Doesn't the Scripture even demonstrate that she operated in the assembly of Yisrael bringing mixed worship?

I have always wondered why Eliyahu nor Elisha were not given the privilege of being YHWH's chosen one to exact His vengeance. Perhaps, YHWH needed to confront this woman in such a way that it would be Him exacting the vengeance and no one else. Yehu's name (translated meaning, “YHWH is He”) is spelled with these Hebrew letters, Yud, Hay, Vav, Aleph = Hand to Behold who Secures the Strong. Yehu beheld YHWH's hand against the strong evil of Jezebel! We all have to be honest with YHWH and know whether he has chosen us to confront Jezebel (Author's note: We will flee no matter what since light has no fellowship with darkness). If we have any doubts about confronting this spirit, we should flee from her, for she seduces the spiritually unaware. We must all walk in the light. This is the walk that Jezebel hates.

Final Exhortation
12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore put on the whole armor of Elohim, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:12-13)

I exhort you brothers and sisters to remember that this battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities and powers of wickedness who will seek to turn your attention to people and not to the spirits behind them. One of the primary operations of the spirit of Jezebel is to produce infighting amongst the assembly of Yisrael. Jezebel works with Balaam, Balak, and the Nicolaitans (see previous blog at chazakyisrael.blogspot.com - “Nimrod the Mighty Hunter is Hunting for You”). This spirit is being unleashed in an unprecedented fashion during these end times. I pray that we will stay keenly aware of this spirit's devices and strategies against our people.

Shavua tov,

Tzefanyah Pappas
-- 
Chazak Chazak v'nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us
strengthen (encourage) one another!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Enter by the Door

1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter through the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up by another way, that one is a thief and a robber. 2 “But he who enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 “The doorkeeper opens for him, and the sheep hear his voice. And he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 “And when he has brought out his own sheep, he goes before them. And the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. 5 “And they shall by no means follow a stranger, but shall flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Y'shua used this figure of speech, but they did not know what He had been saying to them. 7 Y'shua therefore said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the Door of the sheep. 8 “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 “I am the Door. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and find pasture. 10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to slaughter, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess life, and that they might possess it beyond measure. 11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 “But the hireling, not being a shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees. And the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. 13 “Now the hireling flees because he is a hireling and is not concerned about the sheep. 14 “I am the Good Shepherd. And I know Mine, and Mine know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold – I have to bring them as well, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.” (Yochonan/John 10: 1-16 emphases added)

Some of you have been wondering what has happened to all the letters. The Father was still speaking to me, but because of the job I was in, I was not hearing His voice. Since leaving that job I have been hearing Him again. I've learned my lesson. I will accept no job, nor remain in a job that stands in the way of my relationship with my Shepherd. I would rather be rich in the Kingdom and poor in this world!

I write this letter as a heart-felt cry to not grow weary in doing what is right! I exhort you to walk according to the calling you have been called to. There are no retired workers of YHWH. He has shown you great things by His Ruach (Spirit), but you have grown weary. Just as Shaul (Paul) exhorted the Galatians and the Thessalonians, so I exhort you. Yochanon (John), in Revelation 14:12, encouraged the set-apart ones to endure and keep the commandments and the testimony of Y'shua. Some have mistaken man's laws and the traditions of men for the precious commandments that Y'shua followed perfectly. Do not allow yourselves to be bewitched. Y'shua is your Door; Y'shua is your Gate to life eternal. The end of the age is coming and some of you have put your sword down. This could be an exhortation to myself. The Father has taught my wife and I many lessons this past year. The battle has grown more intense. I found myself allowing the cares of this world to drain me. Y'shua Himself, at times, had to come away briefly with His Father and commune with Him. It is within the truths of His Word that He will remind all of us, that He deeply cares for His flock, and will not allow you to be consumed by this world. He cares so much more for you than the birds of the air or the flowers of the field.

The way is narrow to eternal life and there are few who find it (see Mtthw 7:13-16) . Many are leaving their first love, Y'shua, and accepting a bowl of pottage. The spirit of Esau has trampled so great a salvation. The worship of man has become the order of the day. This is not a popularity contest. Those with flattering speech have come in amongst the flock without checking in at the Gate (Y'shua). There is only one King of Yisrael and there is only one Master of all – follow Him; listen only to His voice. Listen not to the whispers of the flatterer. Come out from among them declares YHWH, the Shepherd calls you! (see 2 Corinth. 6:17-18, Rev. 18:4-5)

I leave you with the following exhortation from Shaul (Paul) in Titus Chapter 2:

11 For the all-saving grace of Elohim has appeared to all men, 12 and teaches us to deny wickedness and the lusts of the world, and to live in this world in purity, and in righteousness, and in the fear of Elohim, 13 while expecting the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of the great Elohim and our Saviour Y'shua the Messiah; 14 who gave Himself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity, and to cleanse unto Himself a new people, who are zealous of good works. 15 As to these things, keep speaking and exhorting and reproving, with all manner of precept: let, no one, disregard you!

May you continue to cling to the blessed hope of our Master Y'shua the Messiah and follow Him alone.

Shalom shalom,

Tzefanyah Pappas

--
Chazak Chazak v'nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us
strengthen (encourage) one another!